Curiocity is Johannesburg’s first inner-city backpackers, located in the centre of the trendy Maboneng neighbourhood, an area famous for its many artist studios and galleries, hipster cafes and bars.
Founded by young local entrepreneur Bheki Dube, who also runs the inner-city walking tour company MainStreetWalks, Curiocity is aimed at young ,adventurous travellers looking for a taste of modern, urban Joburg. There is a broad choice of accommodation, including dorm rooms, single and double rooms, and the Joker in the Pack – a bijou self-catering unit on the roof of the building.
The building itself has an interesting history. During apartheid it was the base for Pacific Press, which printed the anti-apartheid publication, The Black Sash, and it is rumoured that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu took refuge in the building on several occasions.
This history is paid homage to in The Hideout, the hostel’s ground-floor bar that is the venue for gigs, braais (barbecues), games nights and other social events. Guests can also take advantage of the MainStreetWalks tour services (which include walking and cycling tours), a plunge pool, free Wi-Fi, tuk-tuk service and free shuttle transfers.